Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Published by: Crown Archetype on November 1, 2011
Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Humor, Memoir
Source: Borrowed from the library
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Summary (from Goodreads): Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
Review: This year I have been reading memoirs written by celebrities. I started with Tina Fey’s Bossypants and decided that Mindy Kaling’s was the one I wanted to read next as I liked her in the Office and her show The Mindy Project. I find these memoirs and essays to be so interesting because you get an inside view of how they got to where they are today. Most people I guess just assume they got lucky and became “famous” overnight but usually there is a lot of struggling before that point.
I really enjoyed that fact that she narrated her own audiobook. I feel like authors narrate it in a way that it is meant to other than having another person do it. I had the book playing as I was cleaning my apartment and it just felt that she was following me through each room telling me all these tales which felt pretty neat.
It was nice to get a book out of the way and get myself out of a small slump I was in. I don’t think I will be picking up the other book that she wrote but if you are looking for something to get you out of your reading slump or for a nice distraction I would pick this up.
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